Cracks in China’s Armor

It may be a sporting event but Beijing is on war footing with an estimated 100,000 soldiers, police and anti-terrorist commandos mobilized to guarantee the safety of next month’s Summer Olympics. The People’s Liberation Army has also deployed a battery of surface-to-air Hongqi missiles to guard against attacks from the sky. Despite the preparations, however, two recent incidents have exposed glaring chinks in this massive security effort: the inferior quality of the country’s law-enforcement officers and the abysmally low regard in which they are held by many Chinese citizens.

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